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Google unveils box for business videoconferences
Google's videoconferencing tool aims to lower costs, complexity of remote business meetings
Associated Press
2014-02-07 03:22 AM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if participants are scattered in different locations.

The "Chromebox for meetings" device is aimed at businesses small and large, and goes on sale for $999 Thursday in U.S. It will be released in seven other countries in upcoming weeks.

Google Inc. says the box contains everything needed to set up a videoconferencing system that can connect people in up to 15 locations. The $999 price includes a year of tech support. After that, customers will pay $250 annually.

The device relies on the same technology as Google's free "Hangouts" feature for video chats.

Google's expansion into business videoconferencing thrusts the company into competition with Cisco Systems Inc. and Polycom Inc.

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